Total loan: $1,000

Carmen Yolanda

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Chillanes, Bolívar Province, Ecuador / Agriculture

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A loan helped To purchase raw materials used for cultivating cacao.

Carmen Yolanda's story

Carmen Yolanda C. C. is 58 years old. She is married and lives with her husband in the canton of Chillanes in Bolívar Province. She has 8 children, ages 25 to 36.

Carmen is a member of the Progreso Comunitario (Communal Progress) rural bank located two hours from Chillanes. There are 11 members in total. The majority are engaged in the cultivation of cacao or have their own small businesses.

Carmen is involved with farming. She has her own farm and raises cacao and ineo orito (a type of banana). She makes purchases and sells her products at the Babahoyo market 2 times a month.

Carmen is applying for this loan in order to purchase raw materials that are used in growing cacao. With the help of the loan she will produce more, and, thus, obtain greater earnings.

Her dream is to help her family as much as she can. She is challenged by the diseases which affect cacao, but if she keeps the plants clean they are not affected so much by disease. She likes to visit her family which lives in Quito and other parts of Ecuador.